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Genesis 17

Abraham and the Covenant of Circumcision

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the [a]Lord appeared to him and said,

“I am [b]God Almighty;
Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me].

“I will establish My covenant (everlasting promise) between Me and you,
And I will multiply you exceedingly [through your descendants].”

Then Abram fell on his face [in worship], and God spoke with him, saying,


“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you,
And [as a result] you shall be the father of many nations.

“No longer shall your name be Abram (exalted father),
But your name shall be Abraham (father of a multitude);
For I will make you the father of many nations.

I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and [c]kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you. I will give to you and to your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger [moving from place to place], all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession [of property]; and I will be their God.”

Further, God said to Abraham, “As for you [your part of the agreement], you shall keep and faithfully obey [the terms of] My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. 10 This is [the sign of] My covenant, which you shall keep and faithfully obey, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be the sign (symbol, memorial) of the covenant between Me and you. 12 Every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, [including] a servant whether born in the house or one who is purchased with [your] money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants. 13 A servant who is born in your house or one who is purchased with your money must be circumcised; and [the sign of] My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 And the male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.”

15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai (my princess), but her name will be Sarah ([d]Princess). 16 I will bless her, and indeed I will also give you a son by her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael [my firstborn] might live before You!” 19 But God said, “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed, and you shall name him Isaac (laughter); and I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard and listened to you; behold, I will bless him, and will make him fruitful and will greatly multiply him [through his descendants]. He will be the father of twelve princes (chieftains, sheiks), and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant [My promise, My solemn pledge], I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year.” 22 And God finished speaking with him and went up from Abraham.

23 Then Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all the servants who were born in his house and all who were purchased with his money, every male among the men of Abraham’s household, and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin the very same day, as God had said to him. 24 So Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised. 26 On the very same day Abraham was circumcised, as well as Ishmael his son. 27 All the men [servants] of his household, both those born in the house and those purchased with money from a foreigner, were circumcised along with him [as the sign of God’s covenant with Abraham].

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 17:1 Heb YHWH (Yahweh).
  2. Genesis 17:1 Heb El Shaddai; God is the All-Sufficient One; He gives life; He nurtures; He pours out His blessings.
  3. Genesis 17:6 This prophecy and promise has been literally fulfilled countless times—for example, by all of the kings of Israel and Judah.
  4. Genesis 17:15 The difference in the names can perhaps be seen in a comment made by the rabbis: “At first she became a princess to her own people, but later she became a princess to the entire world” (as quoted from the Talmud).

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Génesis 17

El pacto y la circuncisión

1Cuando Abram tenía noventa y nueve años, el Señor se le apareció y le dijo:

―Yo soy el Dios Todopoderoso. Vive en mi presencia y sé intachable. Así confirmaré mi pacto contigo, y multiplicaré tu descendencia en gran manera.

Al oír que Dios le hablaba, Abram cayó rostro en tierra, y Dios continuó:

―Este es el pacto que establezco contigo: Tú serás el padre de una multitud de naciones. Ya no te llamarás Abram,[a] sino que de ahora en adelante tu nombre será Abraham,[b] porque te he confirmado como padre de una multitud de naciones. Te haré tan fecundo que de ti saldrán reyes y naciones. Estableceré mi pacto contigo y con tu descendencia, como pacto perpetuo, por todas las generaciones. Yo seré tu Dios, y el Dios de tus descendientes. A ti y a tu descendencia os daré, en posesión perpetua, toda la tierra de Canaán, donde ahora andas peregrinando. Y yo seré su Dios.

Dios también le dijo a Abraham:

―Cumple con mi pacto, tú y toda tu descendencia, por todas las generaciones. 10 Y este es el pacto que establezco contigo y con tu descendencia, y que todos deberéis cumplir: Todos los varones entre vosotros deberán ser circuncidados. 11 Circuncidarán la carne de su prepucio, y esa será la señal del pacto entre nosotros. 12 Todos los varones de cada generación deberán ser circuncidados a los ocho días de nacidos, tanto los niños nacidos en casa como los que hayan sido comprados por dinero a un extranjero y que, por lo tanto, no sean de vuestra estirpe. 13 Todos sin excepción, tanto el nacido en casa como el que haya sido comprado por dinero, deberán ser circuncidados. De esta manera mi pacto quedará como una marca indeleble en vuestra carne, como un pacto perpetuo. 14 Pero el varón incircunciso, al que no se le haya cortado la carne del prepucio, será eliminado de su pueblo por quebrantar mi pacto.

15 También le dijo Dios a Abraham:

―A Saray, tu esposa, ya no la llamarás Saray, sino que su nombre será Sara.[c] 16 Yo la bendeciré, y por medio de ella te daré un hijo. Tanto la bendeciré que será madre de naciones, y de ella surgirán reyes de pueblos.

17 Entonces Abraham inclinó el rostro hasta el suelo y se rio de pensar: «¿Acaso puede un hombre tener un hijo a los cien años, y ser madre Sara a los noventa?» 18 Por eso le dijo a Dios:

―¡Concédele a Ismael vivir bajo tu bendición!

19 A lo que Dios contestó:

―¡Pero es Sara, tu esposa, la que te dará un hijo, al que llamarás Isaac![d] Yo estableceré mi pacto con él y con sus descendientes, como pacto perpetuo. 20 En cuanto a Ismael, ya te he escuchado. Yo lo bendeciré, lo haré fecundo y le daré una descendencia numerosa. Él será el padre de doce príncipes. Haré de él una nación muy grande. 21 Pero mi pacto lo estableceré con Isaac, el hijo que te dará Sara de aquí a un año, por estos días.

22 Cuando Dios terminó de hablar con Abraham, se retiró de su presencia. 23 Ese mismo día Abraham tomó a su hijo Ismael, a los criados nacidos en su casa, a los que había comprado con su dinero y a todos los otros varones que había en su casa, y los circuncidó, tal como Dios se lo había mandado. 24 Abraham tenía noventa y nueve años cuando fue circuncidado, 25 mientras que su hijo Ismael tenía trece. 26 Así que ambos fueron circuncidados el mismo día 27 junto con todos los varones de su casa, tanto los nacidos en ella como los comprados a extranjeros.

Notas al pie

  1. 17:5 En hebreo, Abram significa padre enaltecido.
  2. 17:5 En hebreo, Abraham puede significar padre de muchos o padre de misericordia.
  3. 17:15 En hebreo, Sara significa princesa.
  4. 17:19 En hebreo, Isaac significa él se ríe.